Phoenix Country Day students recognized in National Poetry Contest

From left, Anita Shief, Jack J, Natalie

From left, Anita Sheih,, Jack Jiang and Natalie Prieb.

Three Phoenix Country Day School seniors have been recognized in a national poetry contest for their creative works.

Anita Sheih, Natalie Prieb, and Jack Jiang were each encouraged by their junior English teacher, Sarah Driscoll, to submit creative pieces written for her class to the American Library of Poetry contest, according to a press release. Their submissions have been selected for publication in Eloquence, the American Library of Poetry’s national collection, which will debut this fall.

Only a small percentage of students who submitted their work were chosen for such an honor, and it is exceedingly rare that multiple students from the same school are selected, stated the release.

Ms. Sheih’s poem, “The Siberian Husky,” stemmed from her study and analysis of poets Mary Oliver and Theodore Roethke, both leading writers of the natural world, according to the release.

“I aimed to portray a typical family scene, a classic interaction between man and dog… I wanted to communicate that warm feeling of companionship and loyalty with some comedic peevishness and ultimate forgiveness along the way,” stated Ms. Sheih in the release, about her poem.

Ms. Prieb’s poem, “3.21.15,” was inspired after a chance meeting with an old friend.

“Creating ‘3.21.15’ helped me see the event that inspired it with better perspective and ensured that the number is most definitely my lucky number,” stated Ms. Prieb in the release.

Jack Jiang’s experience is somewhat different. As a Chinese national, Mr. Jiang has been in American schools speaking English for only three years, the release stated.

“I had never imagined that I could create a poem until I saw three pieces of little wild yellow flowers. The sight of these three flowers blossoming skyward and standing alone on the Arizona land of sand and gravel with all other loft plants somehow touched me… I had fun using the words I just learned from English class and selecting other words for myself. Never fear to write,” stated Mr. Jiang in the release.

PCDS takes great pride in the accomplishments of these young authors, and the encouragement they received from their English teacher, Ms. Driscoll, stated the release.

Phoenix Country Day School is a nonprofit, private, independent day school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. It emphasizes high academics and both extra and co-curricular activities, including academics, arts, and athletics.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick McHonett
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Phoenix Country Day School
602-381-4536 (Direct)
Patrick.McHonett@pcds.org

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